The organizers of Saturday’s One Nation rally and all their comrades were very, very desperate to outdo the attendance numbers from Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally the month before. How desperate? Crooks & Liars writes:
Enthusiasm gap, schmenthusiasm gap. Without the benefit of months and months of advertising and promotion on Fox News Channel (in fact, I’m only aware of Ed Schultz on MSNBC doing any kind of TV promotion), the One Nation Working Together rally in Washington DC has gathered more supporters than Glenn Beck’s much ballyhooed rally, which I will lovingly refer to as “Whitestock”.
Preliminary satellite estimates put the crowd size at 175,000 to 200,000 at about noon EST. By the calculations of Bachman/Beck, et al., that would mean at least 1,000,000, non?
Ha ha ha! I don’t know which satellite they’re using, but I suspect it’s home to a guy in a jumpsuit and a couple of wisecracking robots. This assertion is flatly ridiculous, as Verum Serum proves with one simple animated GIF:
Right now you may be shrieking, “But that picture was taken after the rally! Or before! Whichever works!” Well, no. If you look at the full-sized version of that 10/2 pic (courtesy of Nico Pitney), you can see the two big TV screens with a close-up of the woman speaking:
And if you look at the footage of the rally at the C-SPAN site, you can see that this woman spoke from 12:53-12:59:
Unless you want us to believe that everybody went home between noon and 1, Crooks & Liars, that’s as big as the crowd got.
(Forensics hat tip to CO2 Producer)
P.S. But they did leave behind a lot more trash than the Beck crowd, so they got that goin’ for ’em.